Fillers are FDA approved synthetic materials that we use to treat wrinkles, lines and unwanted folds in facial skin. Tremendous advances have been made in this area. Compared to injecting collagen in the 1990′s, we now have safer, longer-lasting products and improved injection techniques. Some products even stimulate your own body’s collagen resulting in even longer improvements. Fillers are often used in combination with other cosmetic skin treatments.
We used to concentrate on filling lines with these products, like spackling cracks in drywall, but the newest methods focus on restoring volume. We still inject to correct fine lines and subtle areas, but we know now that volume loss from the mid cheeks causes us to lose our youthful appearances. As the face ages we lose soft tissue (and even bone) particularly in the mid-face, resulting in overlying lax skin. A skillfully injected filler in the mid face can ‘re inflate’ or naturally restore mid and upper facial volume and turn back time 5-15 years.
In our office, Dr. Cayce and Dr. Despain customize every treatment to particular patient wants and needs. Their product line of choice is hyaluronic acid (HA, brand names: Juvederm®). Many times we use a combination of products during a session or over time in a given patient. A typical appointment is about an hour long, as it includes patient consent and instruction, photographs, topical numbing, the injection itself, and post-care. Patients normally are able to return to work or home in good sorts and able to wear makeup over the areas treated immediately, and after ‘taking it easy’ for the rest of the day able to go about their normal activities.
We are highlighting the newest arrow in our quivers, Juvederm Vollure® XC, Juvederm Volbella® XC, and Juvederm Voluma® XC. Like other HA fillers, they contain a modified HA, derived from a naturally occurring complex sugar. Their unique Vycross technology allows for the restoration of volume in a natural looking way while providing longer-lasting results and less swelling.
Schedule an in-office consultation with our esthetics team and we will customize a treatment plan specific to your needs. Call (573) 234-1000.
Voluma® XC – Wrinkles and lines aren’t the only signs of aging. Over time, age-related volume loss can cause the cheeks to flatten and the skin to sag. Juvederm Voluma® XC is designed to add volume to lift and contour the cheek area.
Vollure® XC – Aging, genetics, and environmental factors like sun exposure can cause parentheses lines to become more visible. Juvederm Vollure® XC subtly smooths these lines to deliver results that last.
Volbella® XC – Some women may wish to add subtle volume to their lips; otherse may want to soften the appearance of their vertical lip lines. Unwanted lines such as these are often caused by factors such as sun exposure or repeated muscle movement. Juvederm Volbella® XC adds subtle volume to lips and soften the lines around them.